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At Gettysburg Press Conference, Santorum Ends White House Bid

Written by Scott Detrow, StateImpact Pennsylvania Reporter | Apr 10, 2012 7:06 PM

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum kicked off his presidential campaign in Pennsylvania last June. Today, he ended it here, too.

The two-term Senator announced a suspension of his presidential bid in Gettysburg, Adams County, telling reporters he and his family had decided to end his bid for the White House. “We made the decision to get into this race at our kitchen table,” he said. “And we made a decision over the weekend that, while this presidential race is over for me….we are not done fighting.”

Santorum’s announcement comes just two weeks before Pennsylvania’s presidential primary, and a few days after front-runner Mitt Romney's campaign purchased more than $2 million worth of advertisiting time, in a bid to win Pennsylvania’s contest.

Santorum said he was proud of his effort. “Against all odds we won 11 states,” he said. “Millions of votes. We won more counties than all the other people in this race combined.”

The Republican began his campaign as an underdog, and was badly outspent by other GOP presidential hopefuls. Santorum’s climb began with an upset win in the Iowa caucuses. He went on to carry southern and Midwestern states like Louisiana, Kansas, Alabama and North Dakota, and became Romney’s main rival for the Republican presidential nomination. (For a map of how many states Santorum won, click here.)

Santorum’s 11 victories were the most for a Republican runner-up since 1976, when Ronald Reagan lost the party’s nomination to incumbent Gerald Ford.

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